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Survey: playful activities during the coronavirus pandemic


The Play Observatory, a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, is researching children’s play during the coronavirus pandemic to inform future generations about children and young people’s lives.

Children and young people across the world are invited to take part in an online survey to share playful activities. This can be an activity children and young people have been doing, playing or saying for fun or to pass the time during the pandemic.

Adults can take part in the survey by sharing examples of playful activities, experienced or observed during the pandemic. Pictures, film clips or sound recordings can also be shared.

The survey’s contributions will be made available to the public in a searchable online resource. Also, the Play Observatory team and its partners will use the contributions for conference presentations, publications and articles. Some contributions will be shared with the V&A Museum of Childhood, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the British Library.

The project, undertaken by researchers from University College London (UCL) and the University of Sheffield started in November 2020 and will run until January 2022. The researchers want to discover the differences between children’s play experiences during the pandemic and earlier practices.

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